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Healthy Homemade Mars Protein Bar Recipe

Suffering from a serious case of sweet tooth, but don’t want to undo all of the hard work from those gym sessions? Our delicious Mars protein bar recipe is the healthy version of the famous chocolate bar. With more protein (thanks to our LIKE A VEGAN vanilla protein powder) and less calories, this chocolaty, homemade post-workout treat is surprisingly simple to make. Here’s how!


For the nougat layer:

For the caramel layer:

  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil

For the chocolate coating:

  • ¾ dark chocolate bar


  1. Begin by lining a deep brownie tin or large tupperware container with baking paper.
  2. To make the nougat layer, combine LIKE A VEGAN vanilla protein powder, coconut flour and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl, by hand or with a food processor. Add peanut butter, maple syrup, almond milk and sea salt and mix until combined into a thick batter.
  3. Pour batter into lined baking tray, press down into even layer and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  4. Next, for the caramel layer, combine peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil until mixed well. Evenly pour over nougat layer and return to the freezer for 30 minutes (or until firm).
  5. Remove pan from fridge and slice into rectangular bars (8 or 10 bars in total). Tip: dip a sharp knife in boiling water to cut through the bars easier!
  6. For the coating, melt chocolate in microwave. Dip each nougat bar in melted chocolate until covered on every side. Place mars protein bar on wire rack and return to the fridge.
  7. Refrigerate until chocolate coating has set. Keep refrigerated (or frozen) in an air-tight container and enjoy your homemade Mars protein bar for up to a week.
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